This is the time of year when many homeowners start to write out their to-do list for home improvement projects and tasks around the house to get ready for the cold weather months.
When the weather is cold outside, it is important that your home is properly maintained and that you and your family are comfortable inside.
There is nothing worse than discovering that your skylight leaks or that your sump pump is full of leaves and not removing the water from your basement.
Unfortunately, these failures are usually discovered when it is too late and there is water flooding everywhere.
To avoid these and many other plumbing failures, it is important to make sure that your home and plumbing system are prepared for the cold weather seasons.
These are just a few of the most important plumbing checks that you should do for your home:
- Inspect your water heater and make sure there aren’t any signs of wear and tear or leaking. You can do this visually by simply looking at the water heater tank. However, you should also have your water heater professionally inspected at least one time per year. A professional plumber will be able to decide if your water heater tank needs to be drained or if the heating element needs replacing. These are maintenance checks that you can’t see just by looking at the tank
- Call a professional and schedule inspection of your sewer line if you haven’t had one done in awhile. The biggest issue for your sewer line is that tree roots will grow inside of it and create cracks and leaks. If you have your system professionally inspected on an annual basis, then this problem can be prevented with proactive information
- If any of your drains are draining slowly or if you have noticed any leaks – no matter how small – make sure to get these issues addressed right away. These small problems can develop into major disasters fairly quickly. Especially when the weather outside is cold and your plumbing system is working harder than usual.
This is the time of year when all of your plumbing is being used much more than another other time of year. In fact, your water heater doesn’t take more wear and tear during any other time of the year. Keep things protected from failure by adding these simple maintenance checks to your list.